Riding on Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli’s centuries, India took a 1-0 lead in the ODI series after a stupendous chase in the Guwahati ODI that was played on Sunday. It was the first of five India-West Indies games that will be played in this series.
Left to chase 323, India looked to have made it tougher for themselves when they lost Shikhar Dhawan, bowled to debutant and fast bowler Oshane Thomas early. However, that only brought Kohli to the crease and first cautiously and then taking on the bowling in the way he best does, the Indian captain and Rohit took the game away from the Windies.
Kohli’s brilliant knock of 140 off 107 was ended by Devendra Bishoo but that did not stop Rohit from pushing on, getting to his century and in the end, finishing unbeaten on 151. He finished the game off with six and India did the same to the game with 7.5 overs to spare.
This was after Windies managed to put on 322 on the board, just their fourth score over 300 since the previous World Cup.
Shimron Hetmyer came into bat in the 16th over of the innings after Marlon Samuels had fallen for a duck in his 200th ODI. He survived a dismissal chance himself, hitting the ball in the air just away from the fielder but once that was out of the way, Hetmyer took on the bowlers rather easily.
Having come off a brilliant Caribbean Premier League earlier this year where he was the third-highest run-scorer, Hetmyer blasted his way to his 50 from just 41 balls. And if India thought his batting would slow down after that as the bowlers began to get settled into the middle overs, they were wrong.
His second 50 came off just 33 deliveries, and that century saw him his six fours and six sixes, including one to bring up that third ODI century. Playing in just his 13th career innings, Hetmyer had broken the West Indian record for the least number of innings in order to score three 100s.
Quality knock by Shimron Hetmyer. He is going to be some player. 3 centuries in his first 13 games. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 . Best start by any West Indian batsman after so few matches.
— ian bishop (@irbishi) October 21, 2018
It was Ravindra Jadeja who finally dismissed him, caught at backward square-leg in an attempt to clear another boundary but by then he had done enough to push Windies to over 300. Devendra Bishoo and Kemar Roach added an unbeaten 44 for the ninth wicket to take them to 322/8 in the end.
Earlier, Kieron Powell’s cracking 39-ball 51 set the platform for that score while Jason Holder did his bit to push Windies over the line with his 38 that came off just 42 balls.
Chahal stood out as India’s best bowler, finishing with 3/41 from his 10 overs even as everyone else went for aplenty.